Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London singer Seraphina to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I'm from London and I've always been into music because my dad's a musician and my paternal family are all really musical, so it's always just been there. Apparently my dad was obsessed about bringing a boombox when my mum was in labour because he wanted me to be born with music playing so I guess I never stood a chance!
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
When I was a teenager I was really into guitar bands like The Strokes, The Killers, The Rakes, The Libertines, The White Stripes... all the 'the' bands basically ha. I think the energy and visceral-ness of that live scene has influenced me a lot. I also loved Motown and 60s girl groups like The Shangri Las, The Ronettes, The Chiffons, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas because the harmonies were so good. Right now I'm really into Nakhane, Toulouse, Anna Calvi, Sharon Van Etten, Samm Henshaw, Bat For Lashes, Fink, Timber Timbre, Grand Blanc, Pumarosa, Alexandra Savior, Sam Fender... I like that they've all got their own style and, although you can hear the influences, they don't fit neatly in a genre box.
How would you describe your sound?
Night music. It feels nocturnal, like it's made for the moon instead of the sun.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
Kingdom Come. I started writing it when I was reading a book on cults and I was obsessed with this idea that you can be seduced by something even though you know it's bad for you. It's about how our desires can lead us into bad situations or unhealthy relationships even though the rational part of us knows to stay away. I think there's a self-sabotaging side in everyone that seeks destruction, it's what makes us human, but it all depends on how much we are in control of that voice or how much it controls us.
What’s your local music scene like?
BIG! London is bursting at the seams with all the amazing music that's being made and played here. It's an incredible place to grow up and soak in all of those experiences and influences. But it can also be quite daunting as an emerging artist because you are literally one in thousands and thousands trying to be heard. There's some awesome people making music in this city though that I'm lucky to be friends with and there's solidarity in going through the ups and downs together.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I'll be releasing two more tracks over Spring, and then recording another 3 that I'm hoping to release later in the year. I haven't applied to any festivals yet but that would be dreamy.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
The producer Dan Carey. He's worked with loads of artists that I love like Bat For Lashes and Natasha Khan's other project SEXWITCH, Nick Mulvey, Pumarosa, The Kills, Django Django, Theophilus London, Emiliana Torrini, Kate Tempest, Teleman, Yeasayer, Lianne La Havas, Oh Land... he's a beast! He also has this label called Speedy Wunderground where everything has to be recorded live in one day in his studio. I'd love to work with him.
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
On one show we did, the band after us asked if they could use Rob's guitar because their guitarist had forgotten to bring his... you think, but that's your one job?!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
I'm annoyingly upbeat even though my songs are all quite doomy. I'm actually a 'glass-half-full' person but for some reason I write like the glass has been empty for weeks and got smashed on the floor in a blind rage.